The use of colour in Interior Design
The use of colour in Interior design is more important than you might think. It can be a powerful concept when designing a room. They are all about emotion. How they make a room feel to the person walking into it and what sort of emotions they stir up as a result. Colour is a handy design tool for any space – particularly in residential projects, where all areas need to have practical and day-to-day design considerations.
Colour may be reflective of the personality and create different reactions in people. Here are a few examples:
- Red – vibrancy, dynamism. This colour can also help digestion and raise blood pressure.
- Orange – optimism, cheerfulness. Associated with increasing feelings of energy.
- Yellow – joy, happiness. However, if used in large amounts, it can create feelings of frustration.
- Purple – passion, romance. It could provide a soothing feeling in lighter shades.
- Green – restfulness, balance. It’s linked to relaxation.
- Blue – tranquillity, coolness. Lighter shades can slow down the heart rate.
- White – freshness, purity. Produces a feeling of calm and space.
- Black – mysteriousness, boldness. It could be a grounding colour.
Colour and unity
However, not only can colour allow us to set a specific tone in a room, but it can also help to unify a space. Let’s say you choose a palette of five colours in different shades and use them throughout the house, varying them from to room, from an eye-catching ‘pop’ of colour in one room, to contrasting patterns or by painting all the walls in the other. By mix-and-matching the same colour palette you could allow for each room to have a unique personality while still creating, a cohesive look throughout your home.
Colour and accents.
Bold colours can be used on an accent wall or as accent pieces, adding dynamism to a room. The best part of doing this is the flexibility to change them later if you decide to upgrade your interiors. It’s just a matter of buying new accessories rather than repainting the walls or purchasing a whole new set of upholstery.
The focal point in the room will always go towards the boldest colour or a contrasting pattern in the room. So you need to be careful to consider this in your design, especially if you don’t want this to dominate the room.
Colour and size
Contrary to what most people think, dark colours won’t necessarily make a room look smaller. There’re ways around this. A room with dark walls but light furniture and picture frames could create a nice balance. Provided the room receives enough natural light, the dark colour shouldn’t make much difference for its overall size perception.
Colour and colour
A way to decorate a room can be by using only one colour – and white, of course. A favourite classic and timeless combination is blue and white. This type of design involves using shades of the same colour in different ways, allowing the eye to wander rather than to be cut off with block colouring.
Colour and light
An expert tip when adding colour to walls is to patch test to understand how the colour is affected by the change in daylight and artificial light – as it will look different in both. However, it’s not only the walls that you should consider. Brighter colours in a warm shade (such as red or orange) could make items appear to be bigger and closer whereas darker colours make them look further away and bulky.
If in doubt about what colour to choose for your project, a good tip is to use a colour wheel – a valuable tool that a lot of interior designers utilize when selecting colour schemes. It helps with colour matching, as well as distinguishing between warm and cold shades.
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